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November 14, 2019

Federal Rules Against Indiscriminate Searches of Smartphones, Laptops at US Borders

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  (UPI) -- A federal judge in Boston has ruled that the indiscriminate search and seizure of smartphones and laptops of travelers at U.S. borders violates their Fourth Amendment rights.
U.S. District Judge Denise J. Casper made the ruling Tuesday in a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation in September 2017 on behalf of 11 travelers whose electronic devices were searched by border officials at U.S. ports of entry. 
In the ruling, Casper said Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Control agents must be able to point to "specific and articulable facts for reasonable suspicion" that the devices contain contraband to perform searches.
Casper, however, ruled that searches based on reasonable suspicion could be performed without a warrant due to the governmental interests present at the border.
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ACLU cheered the ruling as a major victory for privacy rights, stating that it not only protects international travelers but also U.S. citizens.
"By putting an end to the government's ability to conduct suspicion-less fishing expeditions, the court reaffirms that the border is not a lawless place and that we don't lose our privacy rights when we travel," said Esha Bhandari, an attorney with the ACLU's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project.
The ruling comes as the CBP has increasingly searched the electronic devices of travelers at U.S. borders. According to CBP data, 30,200 electronic devices were searched in fiscal year 2017, up from 19,051 the year prior and 8,503 in 2015. CBP Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner John Wagner has argued that electronic device searches are "essential" to enforcing U.S. law at its borders.
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Among the plaintiffs who sued is Zainab Merchant, a student at Harvard University, who had her phone searched despite informing the agent that it contained private communications between herself and her lawyer. Another, Sidd Bikkannavar, an engineer at NASA, said border agents confiscated his phone and examined his emails, texts, and other private information.
All of the plaintiffs were U.S. citizens except for one who was a permanent resident.
"This is a great day for travelers who now can cross the international border without fear that the government will, in the absence of any suspicion, ransack the extraordinarily sensitive information we all carry in our electronic devices," EFF Senior Staff Attorney Sophia Cope said in a statement.

June 28, 2019

150 Children Locked Up in Cages at The Border Way Over The 72 Hr. by Judge Mandated Limit

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More than 150 migrant children have been held in U.S. Border Patrol facilities past the 72-hour court-mandated limit, potentially putting minors at risk, Colorado Democratic Representative Diana DeGette has warned.

DeGette, who chairs the House oversight panel that directly oversees the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said it was revealed to her in a phone call with Jonathan Hayes, chief of the HHS's Office of Refugee Resettlement, that 178 children were being held at the border past the 72-hour limit as of Wednesday.

Under federal law, unaccompanied minors must be transferred from short-term holding stations to more adequate accommodations run by the HHS within 72 hours barring "exceptional circumstances."

After that 72-hour period, federal law demands that the HHS must have custody over unaccompanied minors and take responsibility for their care. 

According to DeGette's office, Hayes told the Colorado representative that the HHS's capacity was "strained at the moment" and was experiencing difficulties providing care for the influx of children arriving at the border.

The ORR head told DeGette that currently, the department is already running 165 shelters across 23 states to house migrant children.

He also said the department would soon be opening up two additional facilities in Texas and Oklahoma over the coming days, where the HHS would be able to house "hundreds of more migrant children."

Border Patrol holding facilities are not considered to be adequate for long-term housing, with some facilities lacking beds or showers.

DeGette's office said that when the U.S. representative reminded Hayes that it is up to the government to ensure that children are not being held in such holding stations for more than 72 hours, the ORR chief said the department could not act until the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency refers a child to the department for care.

"Only then can HHS work to locate an appropriate facility with available space to send them," DeGette's office said the representative was told.

After DeGette pushed, telling Hayes that it is ultimately the HHS's responsibility to care for the health and well-being of migrant children in U.S. custody, the ORR head insisted his "hands were tied until those kids are actually transferred to HHS custody," her office said.

Newsweek has contacted CBP for comment for this article.

In a statement posted following her phone call with Hayes, DeGette accused both agencies of failing to communicate to ensure the safety of the children being held under federal care.

"HHS was given the responsibility to care for these children because they have expertise to do so. But it's clear that neither HHS nor CBP is reaching out to one another to ensure these kids are being provided the appropriate care," DeGette said. 

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"We need these agencies working together, and we have to find a way to break down any barriers that are preventing them from doing that," she said. "Because, right now, what we have is a system that's breaking down, and when that happens it is ultimately the kids who are hurt the most."

DeGette's warning comes as the Trump administration faces growing scrutiny over the treatment of migrant children in its care after reports detailing "appalling" conditions, including inadequate access to food, water and sanitation, came to light

June 26, 2019

Image on Southern Border Of Drown Dad with Drown son hugging his dad

A tragic image from the southern border reveals the grim reality facing many Central American migrants who make the dangerous journey.
The image shows a young father and his daughter who died trying to cross the Rio Grande in south Texas. They were found in shallow water, a few hundred yards from where they tried to cross. The girl is still clinging to her father's neck. This follows outrage over U.S. officials returning more than 100 migrant children to a facility where they reportedly lived in inhumane conditions.
The father, Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, had traveled from El Salvador with his family, hoping to claim asylum in the United States. On Sunday, Martinez's wife said the family decided to try and cross the Rio Grande.  
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The bodies of a Salvadoran migrant and his nearly 2-year-old daughter   JULIA LE DUC / AP
She said her husband and daughter made it across on the first attempt. But when he tried to go back for his wife, the toddler tried to follow and fell into the water. She said Martinez grabbed the toddler, but the two were swept away by the current and couldn't get out.
The tragic story comes as CBS News is learning more about the migrant children who are being held at border facilities. One hundred children were returned to a Texas facility yesterday, after more than 300 had been removed following reports that they were living in horrible conditions.
Customs and Border Protection says they have less than 1,000 unaccompanied children in custody and that they're using the facility again to help streamline the transfer of the migrant children to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Lawyers who inspected this facility last week told us they found children who were hungry, and didn't have regular access to soap and showers. Many were sleeping on concrete floors, they added.
A CBP official told reporters yesterday that "I personally don't believe these allegations."

April 25, 2019

3 Yr Old Migrant Boy Found Crying Alone on The US Border

 A three-year-old migrant boy was found in tears as he wandered alone in a Texas cornfield near the US-Mexico border, officials say. 
Migrant boy at border stationUS Border Patrol agents discovered the boy in the Rio Grande Valley near Brownsville, Texas on Tuesday morning.
His name and phone number were written on his shoes, according to officials.
"We believe the boy was with a larger group that ran when they encountered agents," the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) tweeted.
He was taken to Fort Brown border station, where he was supervised by agents while efforts were made to find his family, officials say. 
Border agents say they were unable to locate his relatives and he "does not speak well enough" to tell them who they are.
He has been taken to a processing facility in Texas, where he remains under the care of child workers.
In a statement, CBP told the BBC the boy was "abandoned by smugglers" who "entered the United States illegally".
Startled by border agents attempting to intercept them, the group fled, leaving the boy on his own in an overgrown field, the agency says. 
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A US Border Patrol agent carries the three-year-old boy in his arms
"Agents requested the assistance of a Border Patrol K-9 team in an attempt to search the field and, in the process, they located a child who was alone and crying," the statement says. 
He underwent a medical examination at a local hospital and was found to be in a "good condition" with no injuries. 
Until his family makes contact, the US Department of Health and Human Services will take custody of him, CBP says.
Migrant boy's shoesThe discovery of the boy comes as US Border Patrol agents attempt to grapple with the rising number of families trying to reach the US from Central America.
  The boy's name and a phone number were written on his shoes
On Monday, Mexico detained nearly 400 Central American migrants who were traveling towards the US border, according to officials.
The migrants, said to be part of a 3,000-strong caravan, were arrested during a raid in Chiapas state.
US President Donald Trump said the remainder "must be apprehended" and threatened to close a section of the border if they were not. 
What are the latest migration figures?
In total, 207,475 people have been apprehended on the south-west US border between January and the end of March this year, official US Border Patrol figures show
Of that total, 53,077 of them were families and 8,975 were unaccompanied children in March, the agency says. 
The total number of apprehensions rose sharply between February and March, from 66,884 to 92,607, according to the latest figures. 
In March, CBP said encounters of family units and unaccompanied children along the southwest border rose to numbers not seen since 2014. 
"We are currently experiencing a system-wide emergency in our processing and holding facilities," CBP deputy commissioner, Robert Perez, said in a statement. 
Trump speaking at a rally"The humanitarian crisis created by a massive influx of family groups and unaccompanied children in recent months has forced CBP to reallocate resources away from law enforcement, trade and travel missions to process and provide care for those in our custody."                               Trump threatened to close the US-Mexico border

How is Trump dealing with it?

Mr Trump has taken a hard line on migration across the US-Mexico border since taking office in 2017. 
Building a "big, beautiful" wall to stop the flow of migrants was one of his main 2016 presidential campaign pledges, blaming Mexico for "bringing drugs, bringing crime, their rapists".
His plans reached an impasse last year after Congress refused to give Mr Trump the $5.7bn (£4.5bn) he wanted to build the wall, leading to a government shutdown. 
But in February, Mr Trump managed to circumvent Congress by declaring a national emergency, allowing him to reroute funds from the military to the wall.
As president, Mr Trump has repeatedly threatened to shut down the border if Mexico does not do more to stop undocumented migrants making the crossing.
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December 26, 2018

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US says 2nd Guatemalan child dies in im­mi­gration custody

HOUSTON (AP) — An 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died in government custody in New Mexico early Tuesday, U.S. immigration authorities said, marking the second death of an immigrant child in detention this month.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news release that the boy died shortly after midnight.

The death came during an ongoing dispute over border security and with a partial government shutdown underway over President Donald Trump's request for border wall funding. The White House referred questions to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, CBP's parent agency. CBP officers and the Border Patrol remain on the job despite the shutdown.

The agency said the boy showed "signs of potential illness" on Monday and was taken with his father to a hospital in Alamogordo, New Mexico, where he was diagnosed with a cold and a fever. The boy was prescribed amoxicillin and Ibuprofen and released Monday afternoon after being held 90 minutes for observation, the agency said.

The boy was returned to the hospital Monday evening with nausea and vomiting and died there just hours later, CBP said.

According to Guatemala's foreign ministry, the father and son entered the U.S. at El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 18, then were taken to the Border Patrol's Alamogordo station Sunday. Alamogordo is about 90 miles (145 kilometers) from El Paso.

CBP typically detains immigrants for no more than a few days when they cross the border before either releasing them or turning them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for longer-term detention. Agency guidelines say immigrants generally shouldn't be detained for more than 72 hours in CBP holding facilities, which are usually smaller and have fewer services than ICE's detention centers.

Parents and children together are almost always released quickly due to limited space in ICE's family detention facilities.

A CBP spokesman on Tuesday did not respond to questions about the ministry's statement. CBP has not yet confirmed when or where the father and son entered the United States or how long they were detained, saying only in its statement that the boy had been "previously apprehended" by its agents.

The agency said the cause of the boy's death has not been determined and that it has notified the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general and the Guatemalan government.

The hospital — the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center — declined to comment, citing privacy regulations.

CBP promised "an independent and thorough review of the circumstances."

The Guatemalan foreign ministry called for an investigation "in accordance with due process."

Ruben Garcia, director of El Paso's Annunciation House, said Tuesday that he had no reason to believe his shelter had served the family, but was waiting for further details about what happened.

A 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died earlier this month after being apprehended by border agents in New Mexico. The body of the girl, Jakelin Caal, was returned to her family's remote village Monday for burial Tuesday.

Large numbers of Guatemalan families have been arriving in recent weeks in New Mexico, often in remote and dangerous parts of the desert. Jakelin and her father were with 161 other people when they were apprehended in Antelope Wells, about 230 miles (370 kilometers) southwest of Alamogordo.

CBP announced new notification procedures in response to Jakelin's death, which was not revealed until several days later.

Democratic members of Congress and immigration advocates sharply criticized CBP's handling of the death and questioned whether border agents could have prevented it by spotting symptoms of distress or calling for an evacuation by air ambulance sooner. CBP has said that it took several hours to transport Jakelin and her father from a remote Border Patrol facility to a larger station and then a hospital in El Paso.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, a Republican whose district along the U.S.-Mexico border includes Alamogordo, did not respond to messages Tuesday.

Xochitl Torres Small, a Democrat who will represent the district starting in January, called for a thorough and transparent investigation into the children's deaths and more medical resources along the border.

"This is inexcusable," she said in a statement Tuesday. "Instead of immediately acting to keep children and all of us safe along our border, this administration forced a government shutdown over a wall."


Contributing to this report were Associated Press journalists Mary Hudetz in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Sonia Perez D. in Guatemala City; and Mark Stevenson in Mexico City.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.

December 15, 2018

7 Yr Old Migrant Girl Dies Hours After Being Taken In By ICE of Dehydration and Shock

A seven-year-old girl who US officials say tried to cross the Mexico-US border illegally with her family has died hours after being taken into custody.
The Guatemalan girl, who authorities there have named as Jackeline Caal, died of dehydration and shock, the Washington Post reports.
AP news agency quotes border officials as saying she had not had food or water for several days.
Thousands of migrants have travelled from Central America to the US border.
The migrants say they are fleeing persecution, poverty and violence in their home countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

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Image captionMigrants arriving at the US-Mexico border say they are fleeing persecution, poverty and violence

Many of them say their goal is to settle in the US despite warnings by US officials that anyone found entering the country illegally will face arrest, prosecution and deportation.

What do the US authorities say?

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said the girl was "apprehended with her father for illegal entry with a group of 163 illegal aliens" on Thursday of last week.
The US Border Patrol confirmed the girl started experiencing fever and seizures while in its custody.
She was flown to hospital in El Paso where she suffered cardiac arrest and died.
DHS head Kirstjen Nielsen told Fox News: "It's heart-wrenching. This is a very sad example of the dangers of this journey. This family chose to cross illegally."
A department statement earlier said: "Our sincerest condolences go out to the family of the child.
"Border Patrol agents took every possible step to save the child's life under the most trying of circumstances. As fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, we empathise with the loss of any child." 
Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton tweeted that the incident reflected a "humanitarian crisis" on the border:

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Why is there tension on the border?

It's been running high since the arrival of almost 7,500 migrants in recent weeks.

Families apprehended on US border

Last month, US border agents used tear gas on a crowd of migrants, including children, trying to cross the border.
The agents said that personnel had been assaulted and hit by stones.
However, critics accused the Trump administration of a draconian response, while Mexico demanded an investigation into the incident.

Media captionUS closes border crossing after migrant rush

The migrants have travelled in large groups, dubbed "caravans", for more than 4,000km (2,500 miles) from Central America.
Among them are many families with young children.
Donald Trump has vowed to keep each migrant on the Mexican side of the border until courts have decided their cases, meaning some face a long wait.
They have been spending time in temporary shelters in the Mexican border city of Tijuana and in Mexicali, 180km to the east.

Map of caravan route

November 28, 2018

Already The Marines Killed A Child at The Border Is Trump Going To Make It Happen Again?


REDFORD, Tex. — Nowhere else in the United States is President Trump’s troop deployment to the southwest border weighted with more meaning and heartbreak than in the rugged mountain towns near Big Bend National Park in far West Texas. It has nothing to do with politics or border security.
It’s a reminder of Esequiel Hernandez Jr.
Mr. Hernandez, a high school sophomore who dreamed of becoming a game warden, was shot and killed as he herded his family’s goats after school one day in May 1997. The killer: a Marine corporal on an anti-drug surveillance team assisting the Border Patrol. Mr. Hernandez was the first civilian killed by American soldiers on domestic soil since National Guard troops opened fire at a Vietnam War protest at Kent State University in Ohio in 1970 and killed four students.
Mr. Hernandez had brought his grandfather’s rifle with him to protect the goats from wild dogs. The Marines claimed he shot at them twice and was preparing for a third shot when the team’s commander, Cpl. Clemente M. Banuelos, 22, fired once from an M-16 rifle, killing him.
Mr. Hernandez’s relatives and local prosecutors believed he never saw the Marines — who were hidden in the brush and wearing so-called ghillie suits, fatigues outfitted with foliage to blend into the surroundings. He had turned 18 six days before he was killed.

“My mom never came out of shock,” said Mr. Hernandez’s brother Margarito, 49. “She died without ever coming out of shock.”
Esequiel Hernandez Jr., in a photograph provided by his brother Margarito Hernandez.
Esequiel Hernandez Jr., in a photograph provided by his brother Margarito Hernandez.
He stood at his brother’s grave at Redford Cemetery as he spoke. He could see the white cross in the distance — the memorial marking the place where his brother died, at an old well on the rocky desert bluffs above the Rio Grande. It was peaceful, lonely country: The mountain silhouettes against a dome of the cloud-streaked sky, the only splash of color from the flowers on the graves. The adobe home where Mr. Hernandez grew up, the filled-in well where he died, the church where his funeral was held, the cemetery where he is buried — the landmarks of Mr. Hernandez’s whole life and death fit neatly in Redford, population 90.
“He had a poster next to his bed, a Marine poster, one of those posters that the recruiters give away, ‘The Few, the Proud,’ or something like that,” Margarito Hernandez said. “After it happened, my smaller brother, he went over there and grabbed it and tore it down.”
Two decades after Mr. Hernandez’s death, the shooting in Redford remains a kind of cautionary tale as the president orders thousands of active-duty troops to America’s southern border in response to the caravan of Central American migrants seeking entry into the United States.
Trump administration officials and military leaders have said that the troops now at the border will serve in a support role only, providing transportation, logistics and other assistance to Customs and Border Protection, the Border Patrol’s parent agency. The soldiers, most of whom are from the Army, are not expected to engage directly with migrants.
But the warlike posture on the border has intensified recently, as the troops set up base camps with concertina wire. On Sunday, officers with Customs and Border Protection shut down a border crossing that leads into San Diego and fired tear gas on hundreds of migrants, including children, to push them back from the border fence. With Mr. Trump’s aggressive warnings about the caravan — he said rocks would be considered firearms if thrown at the military at the border — those involved in the Hernandez case said they fear it could happen again.
“Don’t take people who are trained to kill and put them to do a mission on border security, because you’re asking for trouble,” said Bill Weinacht, the lawyer for the Hernandez family. “They’re just not trained for civilian interaction.”
The troops on the border today appear to have a different role from that of the Marines who took part in anti-drug missions in the 1990s. None of the soldiers on the border now are expected to conduct armed clandestine operations hidden in the brush like the Marine team involved in the Hernandez shooting.
But 21 years later, the Hernandez shooting provides a textbook case of what could go wrong. The Marines’ training was inadequate: They were given fewer than three days of dedicated instruction for the mission. Their coordination with the Border Patrol was sloppy: No one told the Marines their observation post was near several homes and that Mr. Hernandez had been stopped months earlier by Border Patrol agents for shooting his rifle while herding goats. And the Border Patrol was delayed in responding to the Marines: They arrived 38 minutes after the Marines reported someone was shooting at them but had they arrived sooner, they would have likely defused the situation, investigators said.
State, federal and military investigations followed the shooting. State and federal grand juries heard the case. But through it all, none of the four Marines on the surveillance team, including the one who fired the single fatal shot, Corporal Banuelos, were ever charged with any criminal wrongdoing. Military and federal officials reached a settlement with the Hernandez family, agreeing to pay nearly $2 million.
A congressional inquiry in 1998 found that federal and Pentagon officials were negligent in training and preparing for the mission. “The central problem was that the chain of command regarded the mission primarily as a training opportunity for Marines, rather than as a complex real-world mission involving significant risk,” read the House subcommittee report by Representative Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican.
After the shooting, the Pentagon suspended all anti-drug operations by military forces on the border. But military officials and the Marines’ lawyers defended the actions of the troops, saying that Corporal Banuelos pulled the trigger because he had believed Mr. Hernandez was about to shoot one of his fellow Marines, Lance Cpl. James M. Blood. The Marines, they said, had been briefed that armed scouts often checked the path ahead of drug runners, and other troops on similar border missions had been shot at before the Hernandez shooting.
Corporal Banuelos was represented by one of the most prominent criminal defense lawyers in Texas, Jack B. Zimmermann, one of two lawyers who represented Branch Davidian leaders in the 1993 siege at the religious sect’s compound near Waco. Mr. Zimmermann described the shooting of Mr. Hernandez as a tragedy, but not a crime. 
“Because of his fear that he was going to lose one of his teammates, Banuelos acted reasonably under the circumstances,” said Mr. Zimmermann, a retired Marine colonel. “If it had gone to trial, there was no question in anybody’s mind that a jury would have found him not guilty.”
That afternoon in 1997, Mr. Hernandez came home from Presidio High School at about 4 p.m. and studied his driver’s education handbook. He was, as one teacher described him, “a ranch kid” who had no criminal record; he was a student aide at a recent cattle drive in the area. Shortly before 6 p.m., he took the goats out, a routine chore, and walked away from his house toward the Rio Grande. In his hands he held an antique .22-caliber pump-action rifle. He had told one of his teachers that he often shot the rifle for target practice while tending the goats.
The four Marines, known as Team 7, had been occupying an observation post along the river for three days, as part of a joint task force conducting surveillance of drug-smuggling routes to support the Border Patrol. Redford residents were unaware that the heavily camouflaged Marines were there.
Team 7 members had left their hiding site to move up a hill but knelt down after seeing a man on horseback, according to military investigators. Then they saw Mr. Hernandez, the goats, and the rifle. They radioed to headquarters in nearby Marfa that a man herding goats was heading toward them, armed with a rifle. Mr. Hernandez then fired in the direction of the Marines twice from about 200 yards away.
“We’re taking fire,” Corporal Banuelos said on the radio at 6:07 p.m., according to a military transcript of Team 7’s radio transmissions.
Mr. Hernandez then walked away, and the Marines followed him. At 6:11 p.m., Corporal Banuelos said on the radio, “As soon as he readies that rifle back down range, we are taking him.” The radio operator in the Marine tactical operations center responded, “Roger, fire back.”
The Marines, based on their radio transmissions, seemed to believe that Mr. Hernandez had spotted them and was hiding from them, and they drew closer to him. Corporal Banuelos observed Mr. Hernandez raise his weapon and point it in the direction of Lance Corporal Blood when he fired, according to military reports.
Albert G. Valadez, the former district attorney who investigated the case, said Mr. Hernandez was not pointing the rifle in the Marines’ direction when he was shot. Because the rifle did not have a strap, Mr. Hernandez had been carrying it behind his neck and across his shoulders, as he stood near the well and was shot in the lower chest beneath his right armpit, Mr. Valadez said.
“He was not even pointing his rifle in their direction,” Mr. Valadez said. “The rifle wasn’t being pointed. It was resting on his shoulders. This is nothing more than a coldblooded murder.”
Corporal Banuelos’s lawyer in Houston, Mr. Zimmermann, said he had not heard Mr. Valadez’s theory before, adding, “There’s not a single witness that would say that he was draping” the rifle on his shoulders instead of aiming it.
At Redford Cemetery recently, Margarito Hernandez went to his truck and pulled out the rifle his brother had been carrying that day. The authorities recently returned it to the family. “Now you tell me how they confused him with a drug dealer with this rifle,” he said, holding the thin, small weapon. “There are BB guns that look more like a rifle than this one.”
He stood for a long time at his brother’s grave, the rifle at his side. He said it’s too hard for him, so he does not come here often. He works now as a police officer in nearby Presidio and is a father of four. His son was born four months after his brother died in 1997. He named him Esequiel.

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